Talk on the Wild Side: Why Language Can't Be Tamed




      Talk on the Wild Side: Why Language Can't Be Tamed
Language is the most human invention Spontaneous, unruly, passionate, and erratic it resists every attempt to discipline or regularize it a history celebrated here in all its irreverent glory.Language is a wild thing It is vague and anarchic Style, meaning, and usage are continually on the move Throughout history, for every mutation, idiosyncrasy, and ubiquitous mistake, there have been countervailing rules, pronouncements and systems making some attempt to bring language to heel From the utopian language builder to the stereotypical grammatical stickler to the programmer trying to teach a computer to translate, Lane Greene takes the reader through a multi disciplinary survey of the many different ways in which we attempt to control language, exploring the philosophies, motivations, and complications of each The result is a highly readable caper that covers history, linguistics, politics, and grammar with the ease and humor of a dinner party anecdote Talk on the Wild Side is both a guide to the great debates and controversies of usage, and a love letter to language itself Holding it together is Greene s infectious enthusiasm for his subject While you can walk away with the finer points of who says whom and the strange history of buxom schoolboys, most of all, it inspires awe in language itself for its elegance, resourcefulness, and power. Read Talk on the Wild Side: Why Language Can't Be Tamed – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Talk on the Wild Side: Why Language Can't Be Tamed
  • Lane Greene
  • 10 October 2019
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10 thoughts on “ Talk on the Wild Side: Why Language Can't Be Tamed

  1. ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ says:

    Must read Q I have my own peeves I d like to see literally used literally You probably have your own strong opinions on language too, and you wouldn t be human if you didn t.

  2. David Wineberg says:

    Like everything else in the universe, language is always changing It changes with outside influence, with fashion, with fads and by diktat Sooner or later, writing follows suit Talk on the Wild Side, Lane Greene s newest look at English, debunks the language tamers and the fussy rules of experts What I like about it is that the book is fun precisely because it is not judgmental There is no One Right Way, Greene reminds readers often It actually means linguistic incompetence, he says Like everything else in the universe, language is always changing It chan...

  3. Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice) says:

    Thank you to NetGalley, the Economist, and Lane Green for an ARC copy to review As always, an honest review from me Talk on the Wild Side is an interesting foray into the world of ever evolving languages Yes, languages are evolving And no, that s not a bad thing I learned that language changes to better suit the needs of the speakers Formal language is not necessarily better than informal, butabout the context Formal language isappropriate when writing an essay for English Thank you to NetGalley, the Economist, and Lane Green for an ARC copy to review As always, an honest review from me Talk on the Wild Side is an interesting foray into the world of ever evolving languages Yes, languages are evolving And no, that s not a bad thing I learned that language changes to better suit the needs of the speakers Formal language is not necessarily better than informal, butabout the context Fo...

  4. Barrett Radziun says:

    I teach diction and phonetics in the music department at a university, and I found this book to be enlightening Greene explains language registers, which helped me understand why some of my students submit seemingly poorly written academic papersthey are ...

  5. Kyle says:

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review Enjoyable and informative read about the various intricacies of language While not for everyone, this book is a fun read for those individuals interested in evolution, contrasts, influences, biases, and oddities in...

  6. Steve says:

    Great essays about language They tend to meander a little but usually into interesting areas I think I liked his previous book better, but they both cover similar ground anyway.

  7. Jessica says:

    A fascinating look at, and deep dive into, the wonderful world of language I truly had my eyes opened and will try to be less of an unnecessary grammar snob in the future.

  8. Bill says:

    A very good book about language, particularly English, and how many of the grammar sticklers are wrong Fun to read and thought provoking if you love language.

  9. Bandit says:

    Try as we may, the language can t be tamed But try we do and this book is about some of the ways in which that can transpire We can bind it in grammatical rules, try to confine it to strict definitions, but lo and behold it ll get free in time, because language tends to evolve Survival of the fittest where fit is synonymous with adaptability And languages tend to adapt to the needs of those utilizing them That seems to be the essential message here, but the book takes its time getting there Try as we may, the language can t be tamed But try we do and this boo...

  10. Justin Neville says:

    A very readable book on language primarily how language is constantly changing and how grammar sticklers are, thus, inherently fighting a losing battle.The vast majority of language experts today those who really understand what language is and how it works, rather than those who focus on how they think it ought to work sit closer to the descriptivist camp, rather than being prescriptivists But, yet, Greene feels the need to write a book explaining why the latter are wrong why language A very readable book on language primarily how language is constantly changing and how grammar sticklers are, thus, inherently fighting a losing battle.The vast majority of language experts today those who really understand what language is and how it works, rather than those who focus on how they think it ought to work sit closer to the descriptivist camp, rather than being prescriptivists But, yet, Greene feels the need to write a book explaining why the latter are wrong why language can never be tamed or shaped to the will of a select few.He s right, of course, and is very interestingly so However, I fear that he will largely find himself preaching to the converted His book is only likely to picked up and lapped up by those who already share his views I...

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